The 33rd Hastings Christmas Chess Festival was held from December 27, 1957 to January 6, 1958. Ten grandmasters and masters were invited to compete a round robin format at the premier event. The notable participants of this edition included previous Hastings winners Svetozar Gligoric, Paul Keres, and Dr. Jonathan Penrose. Keres was clear first at the finish with +6, winning his second Hastings tournament.
The final standings and crosstable:
Hastings (1956/57) and Hastings (1958/59) were the 32nd and 34th Christmas festivals at this city.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1 Keres * 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7½
2 Gligoric 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 6½
3 Filip ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 6
4 Barden 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 5
=5 Kluger 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 4½
=5 Sterner 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 4½
7 Penrose 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 4
8 Clarke 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 3½
9 Blau 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 * 1 2
10 Fazekas 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1½
Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1957/58, by User: suenteus po 147.
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|1. Keres vs L Barden
|| ||1-0||36||1957||Hastings 1957/58||A15 English|
|2. J Penrose vs Blau
||1-0||20||1957||Hastings 1957/58||C44 King's Pawn Game|
|3. Filip vs Gligoric
|| ||½-½||25||1957||Hastings 1957/58||A05 Reti Opening|
|4. Fazekas vs P Clarke
|| ||½-½||43||1957||Hastings 1957/58||A04 Reti Opening|
|5. G Kluger vs O Sterner
|| ||½-½||73||1957||Hastings 1957/58||D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch|
|6. Gligoric vs G Kluger
|| ||½-½||35||1957||Hastings 1957/58||C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin|
|7. Blau vs Fazekas
||1-0||38||1957||Hastings 1957/58||B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation|
|8. O Sterner vs J Penrose
|| ||½-½||22||1957||Hastings 1957/58||B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|9. L Barden vs P Clarke
|| ||½-½||23||1957||Hastings 1957/58||C76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation|
|10. Keres vs Filip
|| ||½-½||16||1957||Hastings 1957/58||C76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation|
|11. G Kluger vs Keres
|| ||0-1||36||1957||Hastings 1957/58||E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation|
|12. Filip vs L Barden
|| ||½-½||21||1957||Hastings 1957/58||A48 King's Indian|
|13. J Penrose vs Gligoric
|| ||½-½||45||1957||Hastings 1957/58||C44 King's Pawn Game|
|14. Fazekas vs O Sterner
||0-1||39||1957||Hastings 1957/58||C17 French, Winawer, Advance|
|15. P Clarke vs Blau
||1-0||51||1957||Hastings 1957/58||C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer|
|16. Keres vs J Penrose
||1-0||47||1957||Hastings 1957/58||C41 Philidor Defense|
|17. L Barden vs Blau
||1-0||32||1957||Hastings 1957/58||E78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3|
|18. O Sterner vs P Clarke
|| ||½-½||29||1957||Hastings 1957/58||B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation|
|19. Gligoric vs Fazekas
|| ||1-0||40||1957||Hastings 1957/58||E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation|
|20. Filip vs G Kluger
|| ||1-0||37||1957||Hastings 1957/58||A05 Reti Opening|
|21. Blau vs O Sterner
|| ||0-1||51||1958||Hastings 1957/58||C00 French Defense|
|22. Fazekas vs Keres
||0-1||42||1958||Hastings 1957/58||A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4|
|23. P Clarke vs Gligoric
|| ||0-1||79||1958||Hastings 1957/58||E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System|
|24. J Penrose vs Filip
||0-1||49||1958||Hastings 1957/58||B42 Sicilian, Kan|
|25. G Kluger vs L Barden
|| ||½-½||23||1958||Hastings 1957/58||E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation|
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|Jan-10-16|| ||pazzed paun: This would have been a very different tournament if Bobby Fischer had played as he originally planned instead of the USA championship|
|Apr-08-16|| ||mathlover: yes but y did bobby withdrew?|
|Apr-09-16|| ||pazzed paun: There was no real explanation given but it looks like playing in the USA championship was a better career move for Fischer|
|Apr-09-16|| ||Howard: But, at the age of 14, was Fischer ready to compete in a tournament with the likes of Keres and Gligoric ?|
Yes, yes, he won his first U.S. championship at that age, but Hastings was certainly a tougher event.
Didn't know he'd considered playing at Hastings though.
|Oct-18-16|| ||Absentee: <Howard: But, at the age of 14, was Fischer ready to compete in a tournament with the likes of Keres and Gligoric?>|
I'd say he was. He played them in Zürich the following year and finished tied for third with Keres (whom he beat) and half a point behind Gligoric (who beat him), and again in the Candidates where he drew both (all games vs Keres were black wins, curiously).
|Oct-18-16|| ||Retireborn: In those days (and for years afterwards) the playing conditions at Hastings were rather poor, unfortunately. Had Fischer played he might not have completed the tournament.|
|May-03-18|| ||Nosnibor: Apparently Rossolimo was also invited but withdrew shortly before the start.|
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